| March 9
March 9 The S&P 500's bull market run turns
eight years old on Thursday as equities rebound from the
sharpest recession since the Great Depression.
A bull market is generally defined as a 20 percent rise in
the S&P 500 from its previous low, and ends when the
index declines 20 percent from its high.
Over that time, extremely accommodative monetary policy from
the Federal Reserve and a slowly improving U.S. economy have
enabled the benchmark index to more than triple from its low.
Below are some facts and figures on the current bull market:
* The eight-year run for the current bull market is the second
longest in history, behind the one that lasted from Oct. 11,
1990 to March 24, 2000.
* The 250 percent gain for the index during the bull run is the
fourth-best. The longest bull in the 1990s stands also as the
most rewarding yet for stock investors, with a gain of 417
* The total market capitalization of the S&P 500 is close to $21
trillion, compared to $5.89 trillion eight years ago.
* Incyte Corp is the best performer among companies
that have remained in the S&P 500 through the full bull market,
with a gain of nearly 6,600 percent. Southwestern Energy
, with a decline of more than 72 percent, is the worst
* Consumer discretionary is the best performing sector
with a gain of nearly 450 percent. The energy sector,
with a gain of about 67 percent, is the worst.
* The unemployment rate at the start of the bull market was 8.3
percent, on its way to a high of 10 percent in October 2009. The
most recent payrolls report showed an unemployment rate of 4.8
* The final gross domestic product reading in March 2009 showed
a year-on-year contraction of 5.7 percent. The Atlanta Fed's GDP
Now forecast model released on Wednesday expects the economy to
grow 1.2 percent through the current quarter.
(Reporting by Chuck Mikolajczak; Editing by James Dalgleish)